Fund Sarah Scott's circumnavigation

I am a black (and white) woman sailor, and I would like to be the first black woman to sail around the world alone. The fact that it's taken this long highlights the extreme economic inequality black people face. Although my trip won't magically give most black women the resources to buy fancy boats, I hope I can still serve as an example of empowerment for all the young black girls who have amazing dreams but receive negative messages from our society about their abilities.

I am planning a shakedown cruise in August 2019, when I will circumnavigate Vancouver Island alone. I already have a Rawson 30, which is a full-keeled, bluewater boat. I bought it for only $8,000 and I'm in the middle of some major projects. I re-cored the bow with Coosa Board, I’ve re-wired my boat and mast from scratch, and I’ve taken apart my whole engine that I’m painting and rebuilding. You can see my blog about these projects here:

By May 1, I will have the engine put in the boat and rig the mast. I want to splash on May 1.

I would also like to get my scuba certification, install plumbing, and get the boat ready to sail around Vancouver Island. That is what I need funding for right now. This fall, I will really start to outfit the boat for offshore cruising: radar, SSB radio, safety gear, etc.

Experience: Over the past four years, I have single-handed across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and around the Puget Sound. I have double-handed as the skipper to many more places including the Gulf Islands in Canada. I have also participated in around 30 crewed races, including the Swiftsure International Yacht Race, and I have helmed a Clipper 70.

I recently had two feature articles published about my plans in 48 North, a major sailing magazine in the Pacific Northwest.

I have the International Offshore Safety at Sea certification with US Sailing and I’ve taken Keelboat 101. I am certified in BasicPlus CPR, AED, and First Aid.

I have done countless major projects on my previous boat, a Catalina 27. Ninety-five percent of them were done without assistance. These projects include: re-plumbing the entire head with new hoses, toilet, tank, etc.; installing a potable water system; painting the deck with non-skid; installing all new running rigging; re-wiring new berth and overhead lights; all my own engine maintenance; installed a solar panel and charge controller; cut out an old metal fuel tank piece by piece with a Sawzall; installed a new thru-hull transducer and new chartplotter; installed batteries; swaged and installed new lifelines; and more. I am also a sailboat specialist at a marine hardware store, where I've worked for 2.5 years.

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Sarah Scott 
Seattle, WA
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